Dall Sheep Hunting
Dall sheep are the least difficult and least expensive North American sheep to hunt, and usually the first ram hunters take when going for their Sheep Slam. Their population is steady and increasing and they are easy to glass. Dall sheep hunts are available in Alaska, the Yukon, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
The average ram taken by our hunters is heavy-horned and around 37 inches.
Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunting
Outdoors International friend and client, AJ Kissel with a great Desert ram he took with one of our outfitters in Sonora, Mexico.
The desert bighorn sheep is usually the last ram of a“grand slam” to be taken, and is often never taken at all. The Desert bighorn can be tough to hunt, but the greatest obstacle is the difficulty of getting a permit… there aren’t many available. Limited permits are available through drawing in Arizona, Nevada, Utah and a few other states, but few permits are allotted to non-residents. The easiest place to hunt a desert bighorn ram is Mexico, where good hunts are operated by the government. Unfortunately though, these hunts are VERY expensive.
After their populations reached the brink of extinction, Desert bighorn sheep populations have since stabilized due to conservation efforts. Their decline was due to over hunting, habitat loss and disease passed on from domestic livestock. In the last five years Arizona is responsible for 29 of the top 100 sheep killed, Mexico has 17 entries and Nevada also has 29.
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Hunting
The Rocky Mountain bighorn is the largest of the North American sheep. They are found in Alberta, British Columbia, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Nebraska. Most hunters play the waiting game for Rockies and hope to draw a tag and either go self-guided or hire an outfitter in the area they drew.
California bighorn sheep are a separate subspecies located in parts of British Columbia, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Utah. They are considerably smaller than the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, their horns are shorter and less massive, and tend to have more flare. *California bighorns count towards your Rocky Mountain bighorn for the Grand Slam.
Stone Sheep Hunting
Stone sheep hunts are available in northern British Columbia, into the southern Yukon Territory.
A Fannin sheep is usually significantly lighter, but is technically still considered a Stone sheep. Their habitat is generally a little steeper and more rugged, but other than that, they are quite similar.